Reggie Jackson On WFAN: I Should Have Finished My Career In New York
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NEW YORK (WFAN) — Reggie Jackson played five memorable seasons for the Yankees from 1977-1981.
It was in the Bronx that he became known as “Mr. October,” leading the Bombers to World Series titles in 1977 and 1978 after winning three championships with the A’s.
The 14-time All-Star’s tenure was also very tumultuous and controversial, and the two-time World Series MVP left New York after 1981 and signed with the California Angels.
He would go on to play five seasons with the Angels before finishing his career with the A’s in 1987.
Looking back on it now, Jackson wishes he had stayed in New York and finished his career with the Yankees.
“For sure, for sure,” the Hall of Famer told WFAN co-hosts Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Thursday. “I would have been excited to have played 10 years for the Yankees — 11, with my final year that I played. I played another six years, and I would have been an 11-year guy with the Yankees. And it just entrenches you even more.
“I’m very entrenched with the Yankees. My face and my career is more so shaded with the Yankees than it even is with Oakland. And I played in Oakland for nine years.”
Jackson was an All-Star in each of his seasons in New York. He won the Silver Slugger Award with the Yankees in 1980 and was the MVP of the 1977 World Series. The 67-year-old also won the Babe Ruth Award in 1977 and has had his No. 44 retired by the Yanks.
The iconic slugger is 13th all time on the career home-runs list with 563 dingers.
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